In Flanders Fields 2016

November 9, 2016

Remember Them 2015

November 8, 2015

Canada’s men and women in uniform continue to demonstrate tremendous
courage in the cause of peace and freedom.
Remember those who defend and protect this country.


Counting the Cost 2014

November 4, 2014
'Blood Swept Lands & Seas of Red' by artist Paul Cumminsphoto of Blood Swept Lands & Seas-London Tower 2014
Lest we forget here is a work of love and remembrance at the London Tower representing the human cost on the centenary of WWW 1, November 11, 2014.  Tom Piper developed the installation 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' along with artist Paul Cummins who made the flowers.   This stunning sea of ceramic poppies planted by volunteers and visited by the Queen, has attracted a deluge of tourists and Londoners queuing to see the poppies spill from the arches.

Tom Piper said: “This is not an installation about war, or an illustration of its violence and barbarity; it is about loss and commemoration and has given individuals a unique way to tap back into their own family history and appreciate some of that human cost.”

The last of 888,246 poppies will be planted at the tower on November 11th and volunteers will start to take them away the next day. Historic Royal Palaces, which runs the landmark, is considering marking the 2018 war end centenary by creating a dark shadow where the field of poppies once stood.

The poppies, a symbol of Remembrance, encircle the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower, but a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation intends to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary.
Resources: The Guardian and The British Royal Legion
This amazing demonstration deeply impacts everyone who views it and helps us to appreciate all the more the great sacrifice of so many for our freedom and liberty throughout the world. 

But there is another sacrifice with even greater spiritual impact, not just for me, but for the whole world. The Lord Jesus Christ willingly counted the cost and became the sacrifice to redeem all mankind. That sacrifice gives us spiritual freedom and reconciliation for all eternity if we acknowledge Christ as our Lord and Saviour.  It cost the shedding of His blood on Calvary's Cross to pay our debt of sin.  He conquered death and sin once for all and rose again the third day!  If we will simply accept His gift of eternal life, trust Him by living for Him then we too will know freedom from the power of sin and have joy and peace in our hearts. 

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

For me Remembrance Day links these 2 monumental events and fills me with deep gratitude beyond description.  Let us never forget the cost of our freedom, both spiritually and physically.


A Soldier Remembers 2013

January 8, 2014

"On November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m., the First World War came to an end. It lasted over four years, killed or injured nearly 30 million military personnel and devastated some of the world’s biggest empires. It changed the future of people, countries and continents.

Canada’s contribution was significant, unprecedented and costly. The country came out proud and victorious, heading towards national autonomy within the British Commonwealth, while mourning the loss or injury of 250,000 Canadians.

On Remembrance Day, at exactly 11 a.m., sunlight shines through a single window in Memorial Hall to frame the headstone representing Canada’s Unknown Soldier."

In Flanders Fields

January 8, 2014
The Canadian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located at the National War Memorial in Confederation Square, Ottawa, was added to the war memorial in 2000, and holds the remains of an unidentified Canadian soldier who died in France during World War I.

The unidentified soldier was selected from a cemetery in the vicinity of Vimy Ridge, the site of a famous Canadian battle of the First World War. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was created to honour the Canadians whether they be navy, army, air force or merchant marine, who died or may die for their country in all conflicts - past, present, and future.

Of course today is Remembrance Day in Canada as well as most other Commonwealth Countries. Remembrance Day was first held throughout the Commonwealth in 1919 at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It marked the time (in the United Kingdom) when the German armistice became effective one year prior. It has been observed ever since to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the military and civilians alike in times of war.

In Canada 110,000 combatants in the two world wars made the ultimate sacrifice and for the past ten years soldiers have continued to make that sacrifice in Afghanistan.

We wear a poppy proudly over our hearts as symbolized by the poppies that bloomed across the battlefields of Flanders in World War I, a vivid visualization made clear in Canadian military physician John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields. This heart moving piece continues to stir us to always remember those who served, but never returned. May we never forget these brave men and women...

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.                          

                            By John McCrae (1914)

                            Military Physician

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